• 11/18/2019
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Configure Analysis

Intel® Inspector
is a dynamic memory and threading error checking tool for users developing serial and multithreaded applications on Windows* and Linux* operating systems. This topic is part of a
that shows how to find and fix
errors using the
Intel Inspector
and a
sample application.
Intel Inspector
offers a range of preset memory analysis types to help you control analysis scope and cost. The analysis type with the narrowest scope minimizes the load on the system and the time and resources required to perform the analysis; however, it detects the narrowest set of errors and provides minimal details. The analysis type with the widest scope maximizes the load on the system and the time and resources required to perform the analysis; however, it detects the widest set of errors and provides context and the maximum amount of detail for those errors.
To configure a memory error analysis:

Understand the Analysis Type Window

To display an
Analysis Type
window similar to the following:
  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the Visual Studio* menu, choose
      Intel Inspector [version]
      New Analysis...
    • From the
      Intel Inspector
      standalone GUI menu, choose
  2. In the Analysis Type drop-down list, choose
    Memory Error Analysis
  3. Use the configuration slider to choose the
    Detect Memory Problems
    preset analysis type.
Your window may also show three interactive debugger radio buttons.
Analysis Type window
Use the
toolbar to navigate among the
Intel Inspector
windows. The buttons on the toolbar vary depending on the displayed window.
Use the Analysis Type drop-down list to choose an analysis type category:
Memory Error Analysis
Threading Error Analysis
, or
Custom Analysis Types
This tutorial covers memory error analysis types, which you can use to search for resource leak, incorrect memcpy call, invalid deallocation, invalid memory access, invalid partial memory access, memory growth, memory leak, memory not deallocated, mismatched allocation/deallocation, missing allocation, uninitialized memory access, and uninitialized partial memory access errors. Use threading error analysis types to search for data race, deadlock, lock hierarchy violation, and cross-thread stack access errors.
Use the configuration slider to choose a preset analysis type and the corresponding gauges to assess the
of that choice. The preset analysis type at the top of the slider has the narrowest scope; the preset analysis type at the bottom has the widest.
Analysis Time Overhead
gauge helps you quickly estimate the time it may take to collect a result using this preset analysis type. Time is expressed in relation to normal application execution time. For example, 2x - 20x is 2 to 20 times longer than normal application execution time. If normal application execution time is 5 seconds, estimated collection time is 10 to 100 seconds.
Memory Overhead
gauge helps you quickly estimate the memory the
Intel Inspector
may consume to detect errors using this preset analysis type. Memory is expressed in blue-filled bars.
The gauge does not show memory used by the running application during analysis.
Use the checkbox(es) and drop-down list(s) to fine-tune some, but not all, preset analysis type settings.
If you need to fine-tune more analysis type settings, you can choose another analysis type or create a custom analysis type.
Use the
region to view all current settings for this analysis type.
Use the
toolbar to control analysis runs and perform other functions. For example, use the
Project Properties
button to display the
Project Properties
dialog box, where you can change the default result directory location, set parameters to potentially speed up analysis, and perform other project configuration functions. Use the
Command Line
button to open the
Corresponding inspxe-cl Command Options
dialog box, where you can review - and, if desired, copy to the clipboard - the command to perform the same analysis using the
Intel Inspector
command line interface (

Choose a Memory Error Analysis Type

Make sure your settings match the image above before proceeding. If any interactive debugger radio buttons are displayed, make sure the
Analyze without Debugger
radio button is selected.

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